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H&W Harkess Funeral Directors was first established by the Harkess family and was located at the Pleasance, which is on the south side of Edinburgh. 

Two brothers, Harry and William, ran the Funeral Directors and operated stables which were attached to the side of the premises.

They stabled four black horses at these premises, and after an expansion, moved to 77 South Clerk Street, where it remains today. At this time, the premises was located on the ground level with a basement, which was the vault for the bank.

H&W Harkess have remained a well known and respected Funeral Director within the community on the South side of Edinburgh, based on the corner of Newington Road & South Clerk Street, The business has been well known by families from the surrounding areas and nicknamed “ Harkess Corner “

We have remained a well known and respected Funeral Director within the community of Edinburgh, being nicknamed "Harkess Corner".

As part of a continued development and to service families further afield from surrounding areas, H&W Harkess opened and additional funeral home at 12 Drum Street, Gilmerton. It was opened on 4th February 1999 and has been serving the community of Gilmerton and surrounding areas to this day.